Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
The snow started coming down right about the beginning of yesterday's afternoon rush hour and as the evening went on the news became focused on the horrible traffic jams on St. Louis highways. Drivers stuck on 70, 170, 270, 44, 64 were facebooking and tweeting how long they'd been sitting on the road. There were accidents and crashes everywhere, multiple crashes on these interstate which backed up traffic and kept other drivers from getting home hours after they left work. One woman wrote, "averaging 2 miles an hour, I might as well walk home." Someone else replied, "Took me two hours."
And on and on from one person after another and you know what? The snow at that time wasn't all that bad, a dusting at best as the news cameras showed, but the dusting on very cold pavement was slippery. And, when asked by a local tv newsperson if the roads had been pre-treated, a MoDOT spokesman said, "No, we did not pre-treat because we did not know what kind of snow we'd be getting."
As I followed this mess last night I began to wonder why all jams and crashes seemed to be on the Missouri side and not in the Metro East. But I didn't wonder long because I suddenly remembered driving to Collinsville at around 8:30 yesterday morning and seeing my windshield get dotted with liquid de-icer. And as I drove along I saw many IDOT trucks out pre-treating the roadways. This is why winter driving is so much better in Illinois than in Missouri/St. Louis. IDOT knows what they're doing and they do it.
At around 6 last evening in the midst of road chaos in St. Louis, KMOV's Laura Hettiger Tweeted, "Things are moving much better on the Illinois side. Near speed limit."
And this is as it ever is in winter. Kudos to IDOT, big thumbs down to MoDOT.
And guess what? The roads on the Missouri side of St. Louis are still causing problems this morning. Snow covered and slippery. KMOX's traffic reporter, Rodger Brand put up this map of snow covered roads this morning. Missouri! Sheesh.
Living in the St. Louis area for so many years, so many winters, I have grown skeptical of snow predictions. Past years have seen so many "sure thing" predictions of X number of inches of snow coming which did not happen that I have become cynical and really don't believe it anymore.
Tonight we can expect 2-4 inches of snow. We'll see
This is really impressive. Pappy's Smokehouse in Soulard, probably the most well known and loved place for ribs in St. Louis, was just honored by the Food Network as the number 1 BBQ in America. No small thing coming from the Food Network. The program counting down the top five will be rerun on Saturday January 23 at 5:30 pm on the Food Network.
As an aside to this story, our students who work part time on grounds here at the seminary have for several years been bringing Pappy's wood from trees which have been taken down. They split the wood, let it season a bit and then truck it over to Pappy's. Cherry wood is the most appreciated and Pappy then feeds all the guys. It's a win win.
Y98 traffic reporter Lance Hildebrand is continuing to keep a count of how many mattresses and ladders fall from vehicles onto St. Louis highways. He ended 2015 with Mattresses 145 Ladders 116. Now in 2016 we have Mattresses 7 ladders 6
This amuses me, I have no idea why, but I'm really glad I have not been driving behind someone who had a mattress or ladder fly off a truck.
Update already: Another mattress hit the road now at 8. What is with all these mattresses being transported?
So the NFL owners let Stan Kroenke take the Rams out of St. Louis in favor of Los Angeles. We'll deal with this as we did when the Cardinals left us. But almost immediately I began to see commentary which said, "Let's get an aquarium."
This aquarium business comes up a lot in many cities who want to jazz up their downtowns or civic areas. The desire for a public aquarium baffles me.
Those are the possible snow numbers for us in the St. Louis Metro area later today. Rain will fall periodically until late afternoon. So what are the local tv weather people telling us? STORM MODE. Yes they have already bannered up storm mode.
It's hard to predict what will really happen and this is one weekend we need to know since we have events on both sides of the river and a daughter flying out tomorrow afternoon.
On channel 4 someone did an interview with a spokesman for MoDOT and we heard the MoDOT person say that they haven't any pre-treating plans because they're all pretty tired from doing last week's flood clean up work.
This week many people in St. Louis and especially here in the Demun neighborhood were shocked to learn that Jimmy's On the Park restaurant was closing. Not only was the closing announced, the closing was done immediately. This place has been an institution in the local area across from Concordia Seminary and it will be quite the loss. One of the first questions from many past patrons was, what will happen to all the framed caricatures of well known St. Louis people which lined every wall in the place. We were interested as well because Dale had his exaggerated face on that wall too.
A couple of our seminary students who work on landscape along with the director, Gayle, went over to Jimmy's on Wednesday to find out about the caricature and walked in to find a couple of very harried employees of an auction company doing inventory ahead of a future auction. This was two days after the closing announcement and already things were getting set to be sold. Anyway, she told them that Jimmy left word that if anyone who's picture was on the wall wanted to have it could come and get it. So yesterday Gayle and I went over and were again met with two very harried auction workers who looked as though they were under a time clock to get things done. One took the time to find a square head screw driver and took down Dale's portrait.
You have to realize caricatures are an exaggeration and it is in this case. Ha. But we are glad to have this ten year old piece of St. Louis restaurant history.